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Nov-30-2017 @ 3:22 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Stick You just insert the advanced regulator into this lead/wire,f you have a 80 amp alternator you would need a 16mm cross section cable or 25mm if going further away from alt/ batt, alternators do get hot the controller has a wire to alternator and one to batt only 5 amp) to monitor the temp so easy to fit. but marine ones not only corrosion proof but larger fan blades to help with cooling, as against auto derived ones that rely on a air flow from/ through front of car/lorry.I have a engine room extractor fan that comes on automatically with ignition then runs for 5 minutes after engine shut down this has lowered the engine room temp dramatically. Those starter coils you spoke of are for break downs as they are lighter to carry to stopped engine not suitable for running fridges etc.I am surprised that you manage with just two batteries assuming they are 110 amh, you must be very disciplined,i am afraid that we cant do with out tv/dvd and electric blanket ,Hope you can get on mains for winter,John

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Thanks once again. I'm not sure how I manage on the two batteries either and up till Aug this year it was only the one battery! Both 110ah leisure traction batteries and my cable cross sectional areas are bigger than ( what you advised) that ! My starter cable and all earthing cables are military spec grounding leads for aeroplanes so CMA is the width of your little finger! Resistance of 0.1ohm. My terminals are also military spec.... There were some perks to being in for so long! Speaker cables and low current 12v is black n tan the low resistance cable I used for triggering electric detonators..  Brilliant stuff and we had to throw quite a lot away as if it had been in a " blow" you had to snip the possibly damaged 5-10 feet of the end! Shame I'm out of it now and last bonding lead went on my welding set! Use of battery power is very regimented but fortunately I'm on my own so as one of my old instructors once said " no such thing as cold, boy! Just improperly dressed!" If I want tv on at night I don't use power all day, night is one LED light one candle.... If sun out I can listen to stereo all day if no sun I listen to rechargeable blue tooth speaker and phone recharging next day as I do get a bit of the magic leccy even on dull days... It's fun really! I've lived worse! I do have an electric blanket but as I lay on bed reading in evening or watching DVDs I'm warming it up to get in later and if you don't have an eiderdown duvet I can definatly recommend one! Thin and not heavy 12 tog is sooooooo toasty! I even let the fire go out most nights as I like to sleep with my head in the cold! Last night I had two portholes open and it was lovely!! But I am odd! I secretly think my batteries and charging circuit are bigger on the inside than the outside and it really is magic.... If you have a look on the other web site there are some pics of inside my front cabin....the bit of the hull with the portholes in.... And she looks a lot bigger inside than she looks outside! My boat is my Tardis and my home and I love her.... My batteries are baby Tardis 's and it really is MAGIC!

Ex-military! Not a civilian!

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Hi Stick Nice to know that you have it sorted,i also sleep with window open at night i have hoppers os there watertight my problem is my other half she turns stat up i turn it down such is life. all the best give us a bell if advice needed.John

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